Ageing Gracefully

We can’t help getting older but we don’t have to get old!
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Ageing Gracefully retreat
Chalcot House, Wiltshire

This retreat offers you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of your body and your relationship with a changing life from two different yet complementary perspectives: the medical and the energetic.

A retreat for women over 40

It is time to listen to our inner knowing

 

As women we start to change in the run-up and during our menopausal years and it is important to us that we age in a physically healthy and emotionally balanced way. Though I am at the beginning stages of this unfolding, I work with many women of all ages and I love the raw wildness of change and the discerning quality that is refining within woman as the body starts to change and re-direct its inner focus.

It is time for us to know and say yes to what we need, we have to take life’s nourishment, it is time to listen to our inner knowing as we can no longer avoid its voice! I will be bringing to this retreat what I have found to work for a changing sexual appetite, how to stay vital in our sensual energy, set goals, take rest and play.

Introduction

I’m delighted to team up with Sophie Benge, and other expert women over a long weekend in a private country house in Wiltshire to create the art of ‘ageing gracefully’.

This retreat offers you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of your body and your relationship with a changing life from two different yet complementary perspectives: the medical and the energetic.

The result: wherever you are on this very individual journey, you can age gracefully, without losing it! In other words, manage night sweats and mood swings and boost self-compassion and sexual magnetism.

Myself and expert Dr Amalia Annaradnam will guide you through the biological and emotional minefield of our changing wisdom over a long weekend. Poala Ferretti-Johnson is a qualified Pilates instructor and teacher of The Feldenkrais Method and Awareness Through Movement (ATM) who will encourage new possibilities that foster physical change and greater vitality and emotional wellbeing.  And, you can experience Lucinda Wallop’s magical Yuva Face Massage –  a natural facelift technique focussing on touch and intention. Linda uses her fingers and palms in a gentle rhythm, with special attention on acupressure points, to release tension in the muscles and connective skin tissue elieving stress, lifting your spirit and calming your mind.

 

The Programme

Every day starts with yoga, meditation or gentle movement with Kalindi or Paola.

After breakfast spend each of the three mornings in a group workshop alternating between Amalia and Kalindi.

Amalia shares her knowledge of hormones, lifestyle, diet, exercise, and details and choices around hormone replacement therapy.

Kalindi will take you through a mix of meditations, movement, breathing and visualisations to tap into, play with and fully live the magic of your female body.

One afternoon you will have a private session with Amalia, on the other a one-on-one session with Kalindi, working at an individual level.

During the afternoons you are welcome to book a Yuva Face Massage with Lucinda and Functional Integration Feldenkrais with Paola.

There will be time to wander around the beautiful estate, rest or take a sauna.

After supper, it’s time to dance or wind down with more gentle, group movement with Kalindi or Paola to further connect with your own energetic self.

The Place

Chalcot House is a Palladian manor that stands alone in its own rolling parkland not far from Bath. During your stay, this beautiful family house will be your home-from-home, with sofas to curl up in, fires to relax by and a small sauna in which to get your blood flowing.

All bedrooms are decorated in English Country House style, some have four poster beds and all have long views of the Wiltshire countryside. Some have their own bathroom, others share. There is space – and silence – to feel free and let go.

All home-cooked meals, served round the kitchen table, are prepared in the style of Ottolenghi. This is not a detox retreat.

Next Retreat

When: 15th to 18th November 2018  (6.30pm 15th Thursday and finish 3pm Sunday 18th)
Where: Chalcot House, Wiltshire
Cost: The three-day course cost, including your meals: £450

Plus

The accommodation costs, which vary according to the room type you choose and whether or not you share.

Super Grand with Ensuite Bathroom: single occupancy £750, sharing £375

Elegant with Ensuite Bathroom: single occupancy £600, sharing £300

Elegant with a Shared Bathroom: single occupancy £400, sharing £200

We welcome 10 women on the Ageing Gracefully Retreat and rooms are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Feel free to talk with Sophie about room options.

sophie@sophiebenge.com; +44 7951056609

Facts

Chalcot House is a 2 hour 20 minute drive from London. It is a 10 minute car ride from Westbury train station where there are taxis (1 hour 20 minutes from Paddington). It is a 1 hour drive from Bristol airport.

Arrive on Thursday November 15th between 5 and 7 pm.

Depart on Sunday November 18th between 3 and 4 pm.

Yuva Face Massage and Feldenkrais Functional Integration treatments are charged separately.

Amalia and Kalindi both offer you a 10% discount on your first post-retreat consultation.

Sophie offers you specially-chosen ‘goddess gifts’ to bring you more joy on your Ageing Gracefully journey.

Dr Amalia Annaradnam

Amalia’s specialist interest is in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and healthy ageing through diet and exercise. She is a General Practitioner works at The London Hormone Clinic as well as at Grace Medical and Well-being Clinic in London.

Amalia is a firm believer in preventative medicine, good nutrition, exercise and lifestyle management and blends alternative and conventional medicine in her work with patients.

Following her medical degree at UCL, Amalia worked at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and, as a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, has worked in primary care in Bristol and London. She holds diplomas in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.

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Paola Ferretti-Johnson

Poala is a qualified Pilates instructor and teacher of The Feldenkrais Method, a somatic form of movement based on principles of physics, neurology and physiology to relieve restricted movement and chronic pain and improve posture and flexibility.

Poala teaches Awareness Through Movement (ATM) mat classes that focus on sensing, resting and moving to engage the whole body, allowing it to replace old habits with new awareness and function. Her one-on-one Functional Integration (FI) work, with specific yet gentle manipulation reorganises the body to treat minor aches to serious muscular skeletal issues.

Her work encourages new possibilities that foster physical change and greater vitality and emotional wellbeing.

Paola’s FI treatment is booked separately at extra charge

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Lucinda Wallop

Lucinda’s Yuva Face Massage, is a natural facelift technique focussing on touch and intention. She uses her fingers and palms in a gentle rhythm, with special attention on acupressure points, to release tension in the muscles and connective skin tissue.

Yuva (‘youthful’ in Hindi) stimulates blood and energy flow to brighten the complexion, exfoliate skin cells and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This external glow is mirrored by an inner radiance due to the emotionally balancing effects of the  treatment for relieving stress, lifting your spirit and calming your mind.

Lucinda is accredited by the Complementary Medical Association (UK) and continues to add nurturing elements to her ever-evolving facial ‘magic’.

Lucinda’s Yuva Face Massage is booked separately at extra charge

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I’m delighted to be creating this retreat in association with :
Sophie Benge
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